Rowing: Women's pair claim gold to buoy Britain in build-up for Olympics

The world championships ended on a high note for the British here yesterday when the men's eight surpassed expectations by winning a bronze medal, after the team's flagship, the world's greatest pair of James Cracknell and Matthew Pinsent, had failed to reach the medal rostrum.

A year before the Olympic Games, the eight's performance and the coxless four's silver medal on Saturday are a better indicator of where the men's team are than the fourth place of Cracknell and Pinsent.

The women's pair of Katherine Grainger and Cath Bishop buoyed British fortunes when winning a sensational gold medal on Saturday, the first in this boat for a British crew.

Grainger and Bishop, united when Bishop obtained time off from the Foreign Office in May to return to rowing until the Olympics are over, left the fireworks for the second half of their race after looking to be going nowhere in the early stages. They lifted themselves from fourth to third by returning the fastest time for the third 500 metres, and capped that with a devastating last 500 metres in 1min 45sec, which took them through the Belarussians and the Romanians to the gold medal.

But in the next race Cracknell and Pinsent performed in exactly contrasting fashion when failing to pick up from the same position at halfway.

The quadruple scullers (Alison Mowbray, Sarah Winckless, Frances Houghton and Elise Laverick) missed a medal by a third of a second yesterday while the double scullers (Debbie Flood and Rebecca Romero) finished fourth. The lightweight double of Helen Casey and Tracy Langlands won the B final, giving them a ranking of seventh and putting their boat onto the Olympic start line.

For the men, the double scullers Matthew Wells and Ian Lawson performed well in finishing fifth, and the men's quadruple scullers (Simon Cottle, Pete Wells, Simon Fieldhouse and Matt Langridge), a development squad, secured an Olympic place with a ranking of ninth.

The coxless four, who have been chasing the world title-holders Germany all season, worked hard on getting their start right, and proved in their heat and semi-final that they could reach the first marker in front. In the final, though, they did not hit their rhythm until 700 metres had gone, after being left trying to get their boat straight when the "go" signal was given. When they hit their rhythm they moved like lightning to overhaul the Germans and got very close to the Canadian winners.

The lightweight sculler, Tom Kay, took silver to claim his fifth world medal after a gap of nine years while the men's coxed four narrowly missed gold in a race superbly judged by the Americans to grab the title.



GOLD: Women's coxless pair: Katherine Grainger (St Andrew), Cath Bishop (Marlow).

SILVER: Men's coxless four: Steve Williams (Leander), Josh West (Cambridge University), Toby Garbett (Leander), Rick Dunn (Leander).

BRONZE: Men's eight: A Partridge (Oxford Brookes University), D Ouseley (Imperial College), J Devlin (Oxford Brookes University), A Hodge (Molesey), E Coode (Imperial College), P Simmons (Molesey), R Bourne-Taylor (Oxford University), T James (Cambridge University), cox C Cormack (Leander).


Silver: Lightweight single sculls: Tom Kay (Notts County). Coxed four: James Livingston (Cambridge University), Richard Egington (Leander), Kieran West (Kingston), Tom Stallard (University of London), cox Peter Rudge (Durham University). Women's lightweight pair: Julia Warren (Weybridge Ladies), Michelle Dollimore (Kingston).


Men: Pair, coxless four, eight, double scull, quadruple scull, lightweight four.

Women: Pair, double scull, quadruple scull, lightweight double scull.

sportWWE latest including Sting vs Triple H, Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns and The Undertaker vs Bray Wyatt
Arts and Entertainment
Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity takes him behind the bars again
tvBy Reason of Insanity, TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Cassetteboy's latest video is called Emperor's New Clothes rap
videoThe political parody genius duo strike again with new video
Arts and Entertainment
tvPoldark, TV review
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Junior Web Designer - Client Liaison

£6 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join a gro...

Recruitment Genius: Service Delivery Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Service Delivery Manager is required to join...

Recruitment Genius: Massage Therapist / Sports Therapist

£12000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A opportunity has arisen for a ...

Ashdown Group: Practice Accountant - Bournemouth - £38,000

£32000 - £38000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful accountancy practice in...

Day In a Page

Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing